Downtown Development Authority: Removing Lanes From Biscayne Boulevard Will Provide An Alternative To Driving

Biscayne Boulevard would be reduced from four lanes to two between Southeast Second Street and the American Airlines Arena, according to a plan released by the Downtown Development Authority.

Parking lots in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard would be eliminated. They would be replaced by what the DDA is calling a ‘park’, although renderings show it will be mostly asphalt with little green space and few shade trees. Instead of shifting lanes and enlarging Bayfront Park, the new space would be marooned in between four lanes of traffic.

The DDA’s deputy director claims that removing the roads and parking will give people an alternative to driving.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

so excited for more traffic!!

laz
5 years ago

ridiculous, im ok with eliminating the parking spaces if perhaps another garage will be built somewhere but the traffic will pile on due to the arena, this shiz makes no sense. it wont be built in this configuration.

Ed
5 years ago

Looks great but they need to give folks an incentive to use mass transit first. Removing free metromover not sure is the way to start.

marc
5 years ago

Love the underground parking idea.

dev305
5 years ago

The alternative to driving will be sitting in gridlocked traffic

anonymous
5 years ago

This is a great plan. Reducing road space for cars and increasing the space for people is something that a great world city does!

Anonymous
5 years ago

this is great it is similar to what they did in Boston and yes we need to enhance mass transit but we need people to opt to use it

Miguel
5 years ago

If you are referring to the Boston Big Dig, then I do not think the comparison is valid. In Boston they didn’t reduce the size of the roadway. Rather, they moved it underground.

If our elected leaders were serious about improving quality of life in Miami, then they would stop giving away public money in all forms (cash grants, bonds, tax rebates). Instead, they should use those funds to acquire land sites and convert them into public spaces.

Anonymous
5 years ago

You can get only so far walking… another reason why we need expanded mass transit

Grato
5 years ago

Nice to see positive comments on the idea to reduce lanes, remove ugly parking spaces and place them underground. For all of you opposed, please go to the passport office and get your passports issued. Go travel and see what world class cities look like and how much importance they give to traffic. A city is about congregating people not cars.

Anonymous
5 years ago

This. The project would be nice once there were actual public transport options. This will just create more traffic until viable car alternatives exist outside of the closed metro loop

dgm
5 years ago

This area is very well served by the metromover. People driving to the CBD should just park by a metromover stop. I would go as far as supporting closing Biscayne Boulevard during large events or weekends. You just need 6th and 11th street open in order to access all the parking garages on the East side of Biscayne. They close Av. Atlantica every weekend in Rio and nobody seems to mind.

dave
5 years ago

Great idea! This will be great for downtown and help make Miami a world class city!

Gables
5 years ago

Actually, research shows that the reduced lanes will most likely not cause more traffic. What causes traffic is more lanes, not less. This is called Induced Demand. Road diets, such as this one, have shown to reduce accidents and make roads safer. If anyone has ever tried to cross Biscayne Blvd, you know that it is literally taking your life in your hands. That huge highway-esque design is also ugly and inappropriate for an urban environment. In addition, this project was studied and initiated by the Downtown Development Authority. This organization is tasked with development and is not going to propose a project that will have a negative impact on downtown. This is especially true in the central downtown area near Biscayne Blvd, which has seen much less development and activity in the last decade than neighboring Brickell. Research also shows that pedestrians and cyclists tend to stop and spend more than motorists. I hope this project happens and I thank the Downtown Development Authority for taking this initiative.

Ed
5 years ago

I do agree it would be safer. Crossing 2 lanes under 15 seconds much easier than 4 lanes in 15 seconds. On top of that, we don’t have the most patient and caring drivers when it comes to pedestrians.

Hurricane
5 years ago

In Boston, there are definitely six lanes in front of the Garden (basketball arena)…. Eight in Dallas by their arena.

Maybe we can make some dedicated lanes for segways… Good luck.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Is there a way to vote against this? What worries me is not just the traffic is the lack of parking created by facilitating more people to walk in that area. I still don’t understand how 2 lanes can reduce traffic. How is this going to help the flow during the walking marathons and how are we going to stop the cyclists from blocking the streets if we only have to lanes? Its already bad like this. What happened to creating more parking? Investing more on public transportation, like on the metro and what ever happened to alocating the events in different locations in miami to create less concentration in those conjested areas?? Miami has allot more areas to offer than just brickell, miami beach and downtown. I need to know more about this project because the city has screwed up in the configuration of Miami. We all suffer from major traffic problems in those areas.

BinBrickell
5 years ago

If they are going to take out lanes it should be replaced with a BayLink tram lane connecting to South Beach, not for more parks